Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo - Week 61


Christmas is so fun here in Guatemala. It´s not too good on the proselyting side because everyone is busy getting ready for the festivities but it was fun passing Christmas with the members.
We made a Christmas card for the ward. We calculated that 30 would be enough but when we got to church to hand them out, we found out that it wasn´t quite enough.... Luckily I still have the picture so I can print out more. hahaha.

Brother James sent me money again this year. This year I decided to buy 4 chicken dinners for families in the ward who couldn´t afford to have a good Christmas dinner. Haydee, our investigator, made the dinners. On Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) we went out with the bishop to deliver the dinners. In each of the visits we could see how much it meant to them. Some of the families were passing through especially tough times. We were able to cheer them up and bring a bit of the Christmas spirit into their homes.

We finished the member's nativity I told you about a few weeks ago.

I got a little package of my own. Gracias a mis tios, tias, primos y primas que pensaron en mi y me mandaron este regalo. Que lindo conocerlos por lo menos por fotos. Yo se que nos conocimos un poco cuando era pequeño y mi mamá habla mucho de ustedes, pero espero conocerlos (otra vez) pronto.

Last Monday we had a gift exchange. I gave Elder Olson some candy and pictures of us and our group in the CCM. Then I got A snapback hat from Elder Norwick. It was really fun. I made a few jerseys from my zones. I (re)made one from Milagro because the one we got wasn´t what we were expecting at all and I made one from here in Mariscal. We do that to have something from the zone and to be more united as a zone.

Every Saturday this month, we went to the Trebol and caroled. It was fun. I like singing so :D and I conducted everyone. I hope when I get back that I, at some point, get the calling of ward chorister.

OH! that brings me to something VERY important. Tomorrow are changes! Elder Mori is leaving and I got called as the new District Leader! I´m receiving another Peruvian companion, Elder Cussi. He´s just finishing his training. I'm super excited to have this leadership responsibility and to be able to help my district. 

I'm super excited for this year that comes. 2017! I can´t believe it! I´ve grown so much over this last year and 2 months in the mission. Can´t wait to see what I can do in my time left?? 

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and to everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Elder Mattiaccio
Barrio Roosevelt, Zona Mariscal, Guatemala Sur

Monday, December 26, 2016

Elder Mattiaccio's Testimony 12.25.2016

Gabby here. We got our call from Elder Mattiaccio and although we were having some technical difficulties, it was great to hear him and see him. Especially his great smile. Speaking to him has made me realize that he is not a little boy anymore. He has grown up to be such a great young man. He shared his testimony in Spanish to us and I wanted to share it with you. I added English subtitles so be sure to press on the "CC" on the video settings. Here's the direct link to the video just in case:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas - Week 59 and 60

Helllooooooo everybody!

Last week we've been doing a lot of divisions with the Zone Leaders, with our district and even with MEMBERS. We´re trying to better ourselves and our area. When we would do divisions with the members I would stay in the sector that I know with our investigators and Elder Mori would go to another sector we´re trying to open up. It´s been working a little. I have been maintaining our investigator that we have while he looks for new ones. It's been working a little bit but this week is when we're going to be seeing the fruits of it.

This week we had the ward Christmas Party. It was super cool. Apparently our ward has an acting department.... And they go around to different ward and stake Christmas parties and did this cool interpretation of the birth of Christ. I recorded some of it but I didn´t have enough space. A member recorded it but i haven´t been able to copy it. After, we served dinner. We were fasting as a zone that day and we couldn't eat but we chose to take the two plates to a family that couldn´t come to the party. 

We set up our Christmas decorations in our apartment. I put up my Charlie Brown Christmas tree you guys sent me last year, and I found a midsized Christmas tree hidden in our house along with a bunch of lights. So now, if you look at our windows or door it looks like we´re having a disco ahahah.

This week we also had the Christmas multi zone conference. It was so cool to see a bunch of elders I haven´t seen forever. We even watched a movie like last year. I feel like the movie this year was a lot better. We watched The Work and the Glory. It was awesome. I have never seen that movie before. It is about the restoration from a 3rd person point of view. Supposedly it is a series so I wanna see it when I get back. We also did a game where we had to guess Christmas hymns from only a few chords. hahaha. Then, they gave us all presents. This year we got a plaque with our names and the picture we took when we entered the mission. Also, they gave a USB with a ton of Mormon Messages and other videos to share. We took it home and started sharing with everyone. 

We went to visit Carlos and Haydee this week. We haven´t been able to visit them because she always left to run errands. But this time we caught them and helped them BEGIN to set up this HUGE NATIVITY in her living room. Hopefully we´ll be able to finish it up this week.

Last P-Day we were at that store Mega-Paca looking for shirts and what I found astonished me. I found like 50 shirts that were straight from UTAH! It was soo cool. I wanted to buy all of them but I thought I better not ;P.
Well, thats pretty much all that went down this week.

Love ya'll and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS (ahhh my last Christmas in the mission!)

Elder Mattiaccio
Barrio Roosevelt, Zona Mariscal, Guatemala Sur

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Light the World - Week 58

This week was pretty awesome. We were opening a new sector in our area and were just walking and we saw someone moving a big sink called a "pila". We stopped to help them since the Christmas initiative plan for the day was "lighten another´s burden". We helped them move it in and take the old one out. Then we helped them clean their house since they were moving in. They accepted to hear us (another day obviously) but it was such a spiritual experience. An example of how service opens doors.

We also did service for the Stake Christmas party. We skinned chickens and split them so they could be clean and cooked. And with the skin they made something called "chicharrones" They take the skin and put it in a pot and cook the fat out of it, they fry in their own fat (kinda like bacon) then they get toasted and are like chips. mmmmmmm so yummy.

As some of you may have noticed the church came out with a Christmas initiative called #LightTheWorld. Each day we are supposed to serve and help others as Jesus did. We are the light of the world. The Christmas Devotional also talked about it. I invite everyone of you reading this email to look up this program below, on or click here.

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We have been teaching an older couple named Carlos and Haydee (pronounced "hi-day") Carlos has major health problems and basically can´t leave his house because he´s on 100% Oxygen 18 hours out of the day. If it's cold outside and he gets sick it's a major issue. We´ve been trying to help them be able to come to church but because of the weather they haven't been able to. We´ve made plans this week so they can come but please keep them in your prayers.

Love you all


Week 57


This week was full of divisions. First with the assistants then with an area in our district called Monte Maria. It was really cool. The areas here in the capital are bigger than out of the capital. Here I've had to walk longer distances than in any other area.

This week we had to wash my own clothes in the pila (a cement sink) for the first time. It was definitely an experience. The sister who washed our clothes broke her foot so we didn´t have anyone. My companion likes washing his own clothes so he´s was fine with it but it took me so long. It took me like an hour to wash them. Then, because we don't have anywhere to hang them we had to hang them in our house and put a fan on them. They still didn´t dry for 2 days.... But we talked with the relief society so starting next week we´ll have some one to help us with laundry again.

We had something called a fellowship night where members and investigators come to one house and had a huge Family home evening. It was a great success.

Well, until next time.

Elder Mattiaccio
Roosevelt, Zona Mariscal, Guatemala Sur

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Roosevelt - Week 56

Hello all,

First, I have a message for Abuelita: Te amo mucho! Espero que tengas un Feliz Cumpleaños! Gracias por aceptar el evangelio para yo poder estar aquí sirviendo mi mission.

This week I started in my new area, Roosevelt. This ward was one of the first wards organized here in Guatemala. Originally it was called just "Ward 6" but now that there are a ton more members it got a name. The ward is a lot bigger than all my previous areas. In membership and size. I feel like our area is the size of my last ZONE! We have to go on bus to get to  some areas. We mostly work in the area closest to the church because the members live there mostly. But we´re trying to expand our horizons. The members are great! They even provide us with dinner every day.

I've been focusing on helping Elder Mori with his District Leader stuff. It helps me have more patience.

I had divisions my second day in the area and guess who is my zone leader? Elder Olson from my CCM District! Soo cool. He´s still the same goof ball I met in the CCM. We had such a great day.

Towards the end of the night we had more appointments than what we could handle and he had to choose. I told him to follow the spirit so we went to a FHE. Turns out, the family had invited all their extended family (who weren´t members). We had an awesome lesson about the Plan of Salvation and Elder Olson had an awesome activity having to do with an invisible string (eternity) and a knot in the middle (mortal life). We left and we didn´t see a bus coming. So we had to run to get home before 9.  Then, while he was doing zone leader stuff, I was going to cook dinner. But when I went to grab a dish from the sink I saw this HUGE SPIDER. I almost had a heart attack. I couldn´t enter the kitchen the rest of the night. 

We learned how to make something called torejas. Super yummy. 

Well, that's all the time for now, but enjoy some picture of my families from Venezuela.

Love you all.

Elder Mattiaccio
Roosevelt, Zona Mariscal, Guatemala Sur